Monday, April 17, 2017

Powerless - Green Furious

Charm City isn't a great place to be a woman, super-powered or otherwise. Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) makes a new friend after stepping in to save Green Fury (Natalie Morales) from the tabloid media (who only want to discuss her recent break-up with another super-hero). When she butts up against her own glass ceiling at her first board meeting, Emily hatches a plan to use Green Fury's celebrity to solve both of their problems by rebranding her as a strong hero and the star of Wayne Securities new ad campaign. Of course, things don't exactly go to plan.

Emily definitely steps into a moral gray area while signing up a hero for her ethically-qustionable company's commercial (which of course gets a major rewrite at the last minute). However, the two women put their heads together and deliver on something that makes both of them look good in the chauvinistic eyes of the board. Longtime comic fans should get a kick out of Green Fury's reference to Justice League Europe (the early 90s comic book team with a decidedly comedic slant).

There are a couple of back-up stories in "Green Furious." In the first Teddy (Danny Pudi) attempts to use consumer data and the company's focus group in order to mold himself into the perfect boyfriend for his super-hero crush. In the second, the show fleshes out my least favorite member of the show when Wendy (Jennie Pierson) Jackie's (Christina Kirk) daughter Ruby (Willa Miel Pogue). Both are played solely for laughs. We've seen nothing to suggest Green Fury would have any romantic interest in Teddy. And Wendy's actions make it even harder to understand just exactly what she does in the office or how she stays employed, even for a division run by the inept Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk).

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